Crafting your literature review
PhD Up program
This workshop deals with the practical matter of structuring your literature review and maintaining flow and clarity.
The first big challenge for most thesis writers is to get started on a review of the literature relevant to their field and begin the work of identifying what their own contribution will be. This can be daunting and lead to endless doubts about the appropriate length, what should be included and excluded, etc. Further, it is easy to have the mistaken impression that the literature review is something to get out of the way in order to get down to the ‘real’ work of doing the research and writing the thesis.
This workshop treats the literature review as involving work on both text and identity, in that it raises issues to do with learning academic writing styles as well as questions concerning how to forge one’s own academic identity through writing. It includes hands-on activities, examples of what makes literature reviews work, and strategies for ensuring that engagement with the literature is not truncated from the overall argument of the thesis.
You will understand the structure and style features of a literature review, which will better inform you in structuring your own literature review and engaging effectively with the literature.